Quiote, the Mexican spot from Dan Salls (Salsa Truck, Garage), will launch dinner service tonight (Friday). Earlier this week, Salls and company opened their basement mezcal bar to the general public. Salls’ dinner menu is concise with sharable plates that promise to satiate the most robust appetite. They’ve also opened up the main floor during the day where they’re serving Sparrow coffee and pastries from Floriole.
They’ll start taking dinner reservations on Wednesday via OpenTable. They’re focusing on flavors from Mexico City and menu highlights include a pork collar and the chicken en mole. The latter is prepared in the wood-burning oven in the front of the space. Walk-ins can watch food prepared in the oven sitting at the counter at a chef’s table-like setting. The menu goes from light to heavy and the larger kitchen gives Salls a chance to try new and more-complicated dishes, items he couldn’t prepare in the confines of his food truck and West Loop lunch spot. The menu will expand, and they’ll add four to five items per month. They’ll also offer a few specials to test out items that could eventually make the menu.
The drinks will differ from the mezcal bar in the basement with cocktails more focused to complement the food. The wine list is about half Mexican, featuring wines from Valle de Guadalupe, a region about an hour south of Tijuana.
Fans of Salls’ lunches at the Garage should be comfortable during the day at Quiote. They’ll debut counter-service lunch on Monday with tacos, tortas, salads and soup. During the day, they’ll open the entire main floor, including the dining room space, so patrons can work, relax and eat tacos and drink coffee. They’ll also eventually open a large patio that rivals any in Logan Square.
Check out the menu below. It’s an exciting time for Logan Square, as Quiote is finally ready for dinner.
Quiote, 2456 N. California Ave., (312) 878-8571, dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, Wednesday through Sunday. No dinner on Tuesday to start. Coffee and pastries from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Lunch starts on Monday. Weekend brunch upcoming. Reservations available via OpenTable.